Rosslyn’s Future Has Been Planned

by Dan Lesniak

512px-Rosslyn_Virginia_SkylineFor almost three years, Arlington County commissioners and staff have worked with Rosslyn business leaders, developers, property owners and residents to come up with the future plan for Rosslyn. The plan has just been formerly approved by the county in a unanimous vote. There are actually two plans, applied to the main part of Rosslyn and the Western area. Both plans will help make living along the Orange Line a great approach for the future as well. The details of both the Rosslyn Sector Plan and Western Rosslyn Area Plan can be found at the Arlington County website. There were some key areas highlighted in the release that are worth a closer look.

First is Rosslyn’s green space. Arlington is a wonderful urban village full of open spaces where residents and visitors alike can spend time outside, gather for local events and simply enjoy nature. There was concern noted throughout the process of completing the Rosslyn plans, that our green space be preserved. These concerns were addressed, and while most of the green spaced in Rosslyn will be retained, there are some changes coming. There will be new green spaces added to the main part of Rosslyn, including a redesign of Freedom and Gateway parks. The biggest change will be in Western Rosslyn at Rosslyn Highlands Park. 3,000 of the 7,000 acre park will be used to build a new fire station for the area. This doesn’t mean less park space in Western Rosslyn though, as there will be 9,000 square foot park built as part of the Queens Court affordable housing complex, which is also slated for redevelopment.

There will be a new school built at the site of the old Wilson School, allowing for up to 775 secondary school students to attend. There will also be new limits on building heights in Rosslyn to preserve the spectacular views of our historic monuments. The Rosslyn Metro Station will also be a focus of the new development plans. The station will be renovated with an open air entrance. There will also be a new esplanade running along Rosslyn’s eastern edge, connecting to the Mt. Vernon Trail with a new pedestrian bridge which will be built. Fort Myer Drive, Lynn Street and Wilson Boulevard will also be updated, becoming two way streets, while 18th Street will be extended to create what the County is calling a new central spine for Rosslyn.

The overall goal of the newly approved Rosslyn Sector plans is to increase the number of residents living and working in the area. By creating new and improved access to services, building styles and green space, as well as retaining key views and growing opportunities to live work and play in Rosslyn, it is hoped the neighborhood will see up to 25% growth in evening population; that more people who work in Rosslyn will choose to live there too. Life in this urban village is incredible, and with the new plan approved for Rosslyn, it is set to get even better. Myself, and the Orange Line Living team, are here to provide you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected]

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